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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffHappySwordsman Date: Nov 15, 2009 1:13am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: What do I want? More Goodson-Todman!

OK, so being a major popular company bought by another major popular company, the copyright status is hard to say (really, the way these companies are, I'm amazed nobody had claimed the rights to 1888's "Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge" because their great-great-great-great 2nd cousin twice removed appeared in it).

But really. Goodson-Todman's shows are so awesome, they make Barry-Enright look forgettable by comparison.

So. Anybody got any Goodson-Todson PD shows? I promise to give them glowing reviews!

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Nov 15, 2009 6:48am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: What do I want? More Goodson-Todman!

Just found something really interesting on the subject of companies claiming copyright on really old films.

The American Biograph and Mutoscope Company is back (or never went away). If you believe IMDB they intend to release on DVD many "lost films", like the Life of Pancho Villa, Sinking of the Titanic, etc.
I had a look at their website
and I found this very interesting copyright notice at the bottom.
"© 1895 - 2009 American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.TM - All Rights Reserved.
All materials contained in this website are protected by the United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, republished, redistributed, displayed, modified, transmitted, or broadcast without prior written permission from American Mutoscope and Biograph Co., Inc."

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Poster: cathyftr Date: Nov 15, 2009 10:06am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: What do I want? More Goodson-Todman!

Kinda of makes me wonder if we will see a time when nothing will be in public domain. I believe there was a time many years back when the old 60's TV show "Mothers-In-Law" was public domain..that is until somebody ( MPI Video though I have heard from others it was Lucie Arnaz ) snaped up the rights and as a result the show was no longer PD.

Guess nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to this sort of thing. Some months back the Denver Post newspaper ran a very small article about how even homemade video clips on You Tube can be yanked over copyrights. The example they gave was about a bunch of local high school students who had made a film about a defunct shopping mall that was to be demolished. The students even wrote the music for the video. All OK right ?..well no actually. The opening shot featured a brief scene of a Wachovia Bank that was located next door to the mall and because the Wachovia logo was shown in the video, Wachovia Bank claimed copyright against the student's film and had the entire video yanked from You Tube. Can we say "picky"? UGH !!!!!!!!

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Nov 19, 2009 2:21am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: What do I want? More Goodson-Todman!

Geeeezzz! If that's the case, it's a wonder that any location shooting for movies gets done! Of course you can always use a little CGI to replace one business sign with another. Wouldn't be at all surprised if that's already being done.

This post was modified by guyzilla on 2009-11-19 10:21:34

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Nov 15, 2009 2:53am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: What do I want? More Goodson-Todman!

I think I might have an episode of "I've Got a Secret" on tape somewhere but I don't know if its PD.

I recently got a copyright claim for having Alice In Wonderland (1903) on youtube. An American produced and released film, directed by a British man who died in 1919. So anythings possible re: "Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge" or "Roundhay Garden Scene".

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2009-11-15 10:53:33

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